MDMA may be one of the most popular drugs in the party scene, but it is not without its dangers. The mood-altering synthetic drug is also called Ecstasy, Molly, or just “E” and has now extended past the rave scene to affect a wide range of individuals. The stimulating effects of Molly last up to six hours, but the detrimental impact of drug use may last much longer. Thankfully, help is not out of reach.
MDMA Drug Facts
This synthetic drug is made to alter both mood and individual perception, giving those who take it an increased sense of energy, pleasure, and happiness. MDMA also distorts senses and perception of time, making it both a stimulant and hallucinogen. MDMA can be snorted or even swallowed as a liquid, but is most commonly taken as a tablet. The effects of Ecstasy take about half an hour to kick in, and last anywhere from three to six hours. Some users account for how long Molly stays in your system by taking another dose of the drug when the effects are about to wear off.
The chemical Molly drug ingredients work by releasing three chemicals into the brain. Increased dopamine results in both the warm happiness and surge in energy associated with the drug. Norepinephrine primarily affects physiological functions, such as increasing blood pressure and heart rate. Serotonin, which affects things like mood and appetite, is released in large amounts and results in increased trust, empathy, and even sexual arousal for many who use MDMA.
Molly vs. MDMA
Technically, there is no difference between Molly and MDMA except for how they are used. MDMA is usually taken as a tablet or pill, whereas Molly (the slang term for “molecular”) supposedly refers to the “pure” powder of the stimulant and is sold in individual capsules. However, Molly is one of the most adulterated drug markets in the world, which means that the drug is often sold after being cut with other drugs, such as synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”). In fact, this “pure” form of Molly may not even contain MDMA at all.
While not as addictive as cocaine, MDMA targets the same areas of the brain as other addictive drugs. Some users have reported addictive symptoms, such as extended use despite evidence of physical harm and a built up tolerance for the drug. Extended use of MDMA can result in withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, a loss of appetite, and most notably difficulty in concentration. Sustained MDMA use is associated with adverse emotional and physical effects. Short-term effects include:
- Nausea and muscle cramping
- Chills and sweating
- Blurred vision
- Anxiety and depression
- Aggression and irritability
- Decreased appetite
The long-term effects of sustained MDMA abuse can be even more detrimental. High doses of MDMA are associated with brain lesions, a specific type of brain damage that affects neural pathways. Even recreational use of Molly can result in a higher body temperature, and has been shown to lead to liver, kidney, and heart failure.
Getting Help for MDMA Abuse
Taking the first step toward recovery is often the most difficult, but we can help you the rest of the way. If you are interested in learning more about MDMA recovery, AspenRidge Recovery can certainly help. Our caring staff is committed to getting you the right treatment, right away.